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I was a bit too old when the Teletubbies first came onto our screens. They were first shown on television in 1997 so I was in my late teens by then and not really into kids shows. I remember my little cousins really liking them so I was aware of them and did think they were quite cute so when they became popular again the second time round a few years ago I knew I wanted to get some of the toys for my little girl. I always wanted a set of Russian Dolls when I was younger and so when I saw these Teletubbies hide inside little dolls I thought it was a perfect combination of the two, the Teletubbie toys that I wanted for my little girl in a Russian doll staking form. What I really like about them is that obviously to fit inside each other they are different sizes but they have made them to be the corresponding size that their proper characters are. For example, Tinky Winky is the biggest Teletubbie. He is purple coloured and the oldest of the Teletubbies so they made him the big model that all the other Teletubbies fit inside. The toys are split in the middle so they fit nicely into each other. The edges where they are split is zigzagged and they fit together like a broken egg which is cute. The next biggest Teletubbie is Dipsy who is green, then there is Laa Laa who is yellow and Po is the smallest and youngest Teletubbie and he is red. Even though they are plastic they look very realistic, just like the Teletubbies you see on your screen. Although most of them is plastic they have little parts that have different textures on them which is always fun for little hands to explore. On their feet you will find little soft bits and the antenna on each of them is made of fabric too. The nice thing is you can stack these up which I think teaches about size and shape but you can also play with them as individual characters too so you get the benefit of lots of little toys that my kids like to share. The only problem though in my opinion is that they do not stick together well so once you have put them together as just one character you need to make sure you don't hold it at the top otherwise it will come apart from each other. I paid in the £10 region for these and we have enjoyed playing with them so far.
I decided to buy the Tomy Hide Inside Teletubbies for my daughter last christmas. My reasoning behind this purchase was because I love russian dolls and have a few of them around the house. Sadly my little one also took a liking to them and decided to pull them apart and play with them at every given opportunity. To save my russian dolls from being destroyed I sought help from Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po... The teletubbies are packaged inside a (suprisingly large) box with a transparent plastic front. Rather than having them ready stacked, they are seperate. To a passer by the teletubbies might just look like figures, it's not until you look at the box a little closer that you realise they are infact hide inside Teletubbies. The Teletubby toys are in order of size, just like the programme. The biggest Teletubby is a purple Tinky Winky. There is a slightly smaller green Dipsy (which sits inside Tinky Winky) and a smaller yellow Laa Laa (which sits inside Dipsy). The smallest toy is a red Po which is the very last Teletubby and sits inside Laa Laa. Po is actually a weeble (an almost ball like toy which balances itself) which the other Teletubbies aren't and because of this always seems to be the favourite! The teletubbies come apart easily and are put back into position easy enough. The bottoms of Tinky Winky, Dipsy and Laa Laa are flat so it's easier to stand them up and stack them. They are made of durable plastic and are easy for little fingers to play with. All of the Teletubbies antennas (on their heads) are made of a strange paper-like plastic material - this allows the antennas to fold down when hiding inside and gives the child something to grip on to. These sort of toys, like russian dolls, just seem to really interest and stimulate childrens brains. I'm not sure why but I remember also being really interested in them as a child. They are also very useful for encouraging children to problem solve and of course to learn colours! This would really please a young Teletubby fan but I wouldn't say it's essential to watch or even know what Teletubbies are, this little toy will amuse them regardless. It's also totally unisex. The toy is designed for children as young as 6 months but my daughter was 20 months old when she got it and loved it. My guess is that they would be fun for children upto around 3 years of age (after that she'll be fed up of the Teletubbies and will want my dolls again, boo hoo!). One of the downsides to this toy is that there are only four teletubbies. Five or six might have been more fun but I don't suppose they could have just thrown in a couple of random Teletubbies just for the sake of this toy! The second downside is that the two halves of the Teletubbies just sit on top of each other rather than fix together, so it can't just be picked up as one doll (you have to carefully pick it up from the bottom to do that) - however I do understand that it is constructed in this way to be easy for very young children. The Hide Inside Teletubbies cost around £10 which I don't think is too bad at all, but you might able to get it cheaper if you shop around. Overall quite a simple but fun toy that has saved me a fortune in russian dolls for the time being!
My youngest child recently had his first birthday. As I have 2 older children my home is filled with various toys for all different ages, so we were determined not to spend too much money on a present or presents. However as it was his special day we did want to mark the occasion and decided to buy him 2 smallish presents, one of these was the Tomy Hide Inside Teletubbies. I am sure most people, especially those with children, will have come across the Teletubbies at some stage, so I won't go into much detail on the Teletubbies themselves. Suffice to say they are characters from a BBC preschool programme aimed at the under 3s. The toy in question is suitable for children from 6 months of age. The Hide Inside Teletubbies are a Russian doll type toy, each character stacks inside the other. The principle of the toy is that the smallest Teletubby fits inside the next and then the next size fits inside the next and so on. There are 4 Teletubby characters and they are different colours, Tinky Winky the largest is purple, next is Dipsy who is green, then Laa Laa who is yellow and lastly the smallest Po who is red. Each Teletubby separates in two pieces so as the smaller toy can be stacked inside. The smallest Po is weighted so it wobbles, a bit like the old Weeble toys. Each of the Teletubbies have textured areas where children can enjoy the feel of different materials, the faces, feet, tummies and antennae are all textured. I must admit I was attracted by the idea of the toy and the blurb on the packaging implied that it would be an enjoyable toy for my son. However I have to admit to being a little disappointed. Unlike Russian dolls the Hide Inside Teletubbies do not fit together securely, as soon as you go to lift one of them the bottom falls off, I know small children are not very strong but it is a real pain putting them all together to lift them up and the whole lot falls apart. The weighting of Po is a good idea and I did think this would cause the dolls to have a "Weeble" effect as in, if they were all put together with Po inside then they would not fall over and my son would enjoy pushing it over to see it stand up again, unfortunately this is not how it works. The textured areas seem like a good idea but to be honest the textures are nothing spectacular, just a soft rubbery feel and the antennae is a material, there are no crinkles or rough, soft textures, basically just a soft rubbery feel. The dolls do actually look like the real Teletubbies and are pleasing to look at but for me that is the only real positive, overall I found the toy very boring and a bit of a let down. My son has not been very interested in them, no flashing lights, music, noise or interesting textures. I paid £9.99 for these in Boots but they can be found elsewhere cheaper, I used Boots points and got them on a 3 for 2 deal so they were not very expensive. Not a toy I would recommend for Christmas.
Wholst looking for something for my little niece last christmas we spottted these teletubbies in woolworths priced just short of £8, as she was already a big fan of the teletubbies i thought these would be a nice little present to add to her collection. Each teletubbie is made out of a smooth shiny plastic, although this will stop a young child scratching them selves on the toy it also makes them more difficult to grip and my niece did struggle to start with with holding them, especially the larger two. The square on the teletubbies tummy is made out of a different type of material and has a rubbery feel to it, the feet part of each teletubby has a smooth velvet feel to it so these toys allow young children to experience the feel and texture of different materials. These teletubbies fit inside each other like the wooden russion dolls do but instead of a flat edge where the two pieces join these have a wavy edge helping to further develop a childs eye and hand coordination. My little niece has hours of fun playing with these, she especially likes po as he doesnt come apart and she can push him over and watch him pop back up, she loves these and they are very hard wearing and easy to clean so will last her a long time.
When I bought my granddaughters Teletubbies phone I also got her a set of Hide-Inside Teletubbies because she adores the Tubbies and I thought this would be a good toy to buy her as a change from the cuddly Tubbies she already has. Hide-Inside Teletubbies are a modern version of Russian dolls with each Teletubby fitting inside the larger one from little Po all the way up to Tinky Winky. The Tubbies are made of a thick durable plastic and there are no sharp edges or small pieces so children of any age can safely play with them, the recommended age is 6 months plus and I think this is perfect even though my granddaughter was already one year by the time I bought her this set. My granddaughter enjoys playing with her Hide-Inside Teletubbies and plays with them everyday. As her co-ordination has improved she finds sliding the Tubbies inside each other easier and easier, because they are so bulky and round at the bottom I think it is very simple to put them inside and equally easy for her to join the top and bottom of the Tubbies to close them. The edge where you separate the Tubbies has a wavy pattern and I think this will help to teach young children about co-ordinating their eyes and hands to join the waves and close the Tubby. The only way my granddaughter can pick up the larger Teletubbies (Tinky Winky and Dipsy) is by holding their antenna because her hands are not big enough to grip the rounded shape of the toys otherwise. This is fine though because the antenna are strong enough that she can hold the toys up and move them around without having to keep putting it down to grip the antenna again. Laa-Laa and Po she can pick up normally although does tend to go for the antenna as I think she finds them more comfortable to hold this way. The Tubbies themselves are shiny plastic but the Tubbies tummy patch has a speckled rubbery texture that my granddaughter loves stroking because it is a nice contrast to the feel of the body of the Tubbies. The Tubbies also feature small grey feet on the front of the toys and these have a very soft feel which my granddaughter really likes, unfortunately these feet are very small and because they are so soft she tries to stroke her face with them but then gets frustrated when she cannot grip the Tubbies well enough to get this little patch in the right position to rub her cheek with. Po is the only Tubby which does not open and this is because she is the smallest and there is no other Tubby to fit inside her. Tomy have made a slight adaptation to Po though and have given her a weightier bottom meaning that she wobbles around but does not fall onto her side. If anyone remembers the Weebles you will know what I mean, and my granddaughter loves to push Po from side to side and watch her wobbling. She does get rather annoyed when Po wobbles her way off the table though. Also, because of the weight inside Po she is heavier than the others so if you have a little one who likes to throw things (as we have!) then be careful as Po can give you a nasty clunk on the head! Hide-Inside Teletubbies are made by Tomy and cost me £7.99 for the full set of four in Woolworths. I have since seen them a couple of pounds cheaper and more expensive depending on where you shop, Ebay have brand new sets selling for around £7 so it might be worth you looking on there before you go to the shop to buy them. I would definitely recommend them for any Teletubbies fan in your family because they look great, are borderline educational and will give your baby hours of fun.
Hide-Inside Teletubbies is a unique way to play with all your Teletubby friends. Using the Russian Doll style of stacking each character inside the other, Hide Inside Teletubbies can be stacked inside Tinky Winky or played with individually. Children can explore the tactile features of each Teletubby; super soft feet, textured tummy and antenna. For extra fun, Po has a weeble feature too.